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Are you using the right toothpaste?

Dentist Columbia

Just the number of choices you have when purchasing toothpaste can make it an overwhelming task. When it comes to choosing the best toothpaste, dentist Columbia Dr. Gregory Wych says that it’s important to consider your individual oral health needs. If you’re lax about brushing and flossing, no toothpaste will improve your smile. But the right gel or paste could help prevent pain, stains, cavities, and other more serious dental issues.

Tip: Always look for the ADA seal on your toothpaste’s box because this proves that the product has been tested, its claims are legitimate, and its ingredients are effective. Following are some suggestions for choosing the best toothpaste compliments of your dentist Columbia.

Mellow Yellow? Whitening toothpastes include abrasives that polish your teeth while preventing the buildup of additional stains, but they won’t have much effect on older discolorations.

To whiten yellow teeth, look for pastes or gels that contain modified silicone abrasives. Rembrandt Deeply White and Ultra Brite Advanced Whitening are two good options. If you’re not seeing the desired results after one month, ask us about in-office solutions for teeth whitening.

Concerned About Cavities? Plaque intermingles with certain foods (mostly sugars) to produce acids that chip away at your tooth’s enamel, resulting in cavities. The mineral fluoride – which the ADA refers to as nature’s cavity fighter – protects teeth from these cavity-causing acids. While most toothpaste contains fluoride, your dentist Columbia assures his patients that any product that displays the ADA seal and claims to be “anti-cavity” will do the job effectively.

Suffering with Sensitivity? If so, choose toothpaste that contains a desensitizing ingredient such as strontium chloride or potassium nitrate. There’s fundamentally no difference between the two and either option may help ease the pain. The ADA approves numerous brands, including several products from Sensodyne.

Tackle That Tartar! Tartar is bacterial plaque that has become hard. No matter how much you brush, once it has formed, only that little pick that your dentist Columbia uses can get rid of it. However, toothpastes that contain tartar-fighting elements can prevent the plaque from hardening; Crest Tartar Protection is one ADA-approved option.

Going Natural? All natural, herbal toothpastes can be just as effective as anti-microbial based pastes. If the toothpaste box includes the ADA seal, it’s going to be effective. Tom’s of Maine offers ADA-approved whitening and anti-cavity options.

Destined for Dentures? Toothpastes designed for regular teeth will work just as well for dentures, so any ADA-approved products will do the job. That said, effervescent tablets or solutions have been shown to clean more effectively than brushing. Denture-cleansing products made by Fixodent are effective ADA-approved options.

If you have any questions about the toothpaste you should be using, call the office of dentist Columbia Dr. Gregory Wych today to schedule a consultation.